Navigation Links
'Meth' Abuse Ups Risk of HIV Infection in Young Gay Men
Date:8/1/2011

MONDAY, Aug. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Methamphetamine abuse by young adult gay and bisexual males raises their risk of HIV exposure and infection, a new study finds.

Prior research has suggested that up to 43 percent of gay or bisexual males age 18 or older have used methamphetamine, which increases the likelihood of sexual behaviors that boost their risk of HIV exposure and infection. However, most research focuses on older gay or bisexual men and little is known about meth use and sexual behavior among younger males, according to the researchers.

For this study, researchers led by Peter Freeman of Northwestern University in Chicago looked at data collected between January 2005 and August 2006 from 595 gay or bisexual men aged 12 to 24 living in eight U.S. cities. Of those males, 64 reported methamphetamine use within the previous 90 days.

Compared to those who had not used hard drugs, the participants who said they used methamphetamine were more likely to have a history of sexually transmitted diseases (about 52 percent vs. 21 percent), two or more sex partners in the past 90 days (about 86 percent vs. 63 percent), sex with an injection drug user (51.5 percent vs. about 11 percent), and sex with someone infected with HIV (about 33 percent vs. 11 percent).

Methamphetamine users were also less likely to use condoms during every sexual encounter: 33 percent vs. 54 percent.

"The findings of our study suggest that there is a need to develop substance abuse prevention and treatment programs as part of HIV prevention" for this group, Freeman and colleagues wrote.

The study appears in the August issue of the journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse has more about methamphetamine.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, Aug. 1, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. JRC develops new testing methods for contaminated sports drinks from Taiwan
2. Methamphetamine Abuse May Raise Parkinsons Risk
3. Increased risk of Parkinsons disease in methamphetamine users, CAMH study finds
4. U of M researchers improve method to create induced pluripotent stem cells
5. Cancer risk evaluation: Methods and trends
6. PET scan with [11C]erlotinib may provide noninvasive method to identify TKI-responsive lung tumors
7. Novel analysis method organizes genomic cancer data
8. Intensive care nurses have doubts about method for establishing brain death
9. Walking, sex and spicy food are favored unprescribed methods to bring on labor
10. Several methods for early diagnosis of Alzheimers disease developed by European scientists
11. Quitlines help smokers quit regardless of recruitment method
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
'Meth' Abuse Ups Risk of HIV Infection in Young Gay Men
(Date:8/21/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... August 21, 2017 , ... ... services business of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), has made a multi-million dollar partnership ... affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) over the ...
(Date:8/20/2017)... ... ... Are you an adult with gluten intolerance or Celiac disease living with ... participating in a research study that focuses on family interactions when dealing with dietary ... aspects of adults who have gluten sensitivities who cohabitate with other adults who may ...
(Date:8/19/2017)... , ... August 19, 2017 , ... ... that it is the first organization with pending recognition status from the Centers ... Program (“DPP”) via group telehealth classes and live video conferencing. , The ...
(Date:8/19/2017)... ... August 19, 2017 , ... ... joined its Orlando location as an interventional pain management physician. He brings a ... the treatment of migraine headaches, and significant experience in spinal cord stimulation for ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... August 18, 2017 , ... ... International, LLC (“Quick”), a highly specialized asset-light logistics provider of complex transport ... a definitive agreement to purchase Unitrans International Corporation, a division of Roadrunner ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/26/2017)... , July 26, 2017 E.I. Medical Imaging ... the Bimini SharkLab to custom design the worlds first ultrasound system ... sharks in their native habitat. In preparation for a ... Channel,s Shark Week, Dr. Guttridge approached EIMI with the ... diagnosis directly to hammerhead sharks underwater. ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... , July 26, 2017 Sancilio Pharmaceuticals Company, ... our clinical trial evaluating Altemia TM , an oral ... and Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). The SCOT Trial, is ... efficacy and safety of Altemia TM in pediatric ... under US IND 125274. ...
(Date:7/25/2017)... CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts , July 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... drugs to treat rare nervous system diseases, has concluded a ... and market the drug SOM0226 against transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTR). Before ... promising results in a Phase 2 study conducted in ... in the United States ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: